The Amazing Spider-Man

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A well-chosen cast and sure-handed direction allow The Amazing Spider-Man to thrill, despite revisiting many of the same plot points from 2002's Spider-Man.



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The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. -- (C) Sony

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Andrew Garfield
as Spider-Man/Peter Parker
Emma Stone
as Gwen Stacy
Rhys Ifans
as The Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors
Denis Leary
as Captain Stacy
Martin Sheen
as Uncle Ben
Sally Field
as Aunt May
Irrfan Khan
as Rajit Ratha
Campbell Scott
as Richard Parker
Embeth Davidtz
as Mary Parker
Chris Zylka
as Flash Thompson
Max Charles
as Peter Parker (Age 4)
C. Thomas Howell
as Jack's Father
Kari Coleman
as Helen Stacy
Michael Barra
as Store Clerk
Leif Gantvoort
as Cash Register Thief
Hannah Marks
as Missy Kallenbeck
Kelsey Chow
as Hot Girl
Kevin McCorkle
as Mr. Cramer
Andy Gladbach
as Physics Nerd
Ring Hendricks
as Physics Nerd
Barbara Eve Harris
as Miss Ritter
Stan Lee
as School Librarian
Danielle Burgio
as Nicky's Girlfriend
Tom Waite
as Nicky
Keith Campbell
as Car Thief
Steve DeCastro
as Car Thief Cop
Jill Flint
as Receptionist
Mark Daughtery
as OsCorp Intern
Milton Gonzalez
as Rodrigo Guevara
Skyler Gisondo
as Howard Stacy
Charlie DePew
as Phillip Stacy
Jacob Rodier
as Simon Stacy
Vincent Laresca
as Construction Worker
Damien Lemon
as Taxi Driver
Ty Upshaw
as Police Officer with Sketch
James Chen
as Police Officer
Alexander Bedria
as Officer (SWAT)
Tia Texada
as Sheila (Subway)
Jay Caputo
as Subway Guy
John Burke
as Newscaster (News Chopper)
Terry Bozeman
as Principal
Jennifer Lyons
as Second Girl (Subway)
Michael Massee
as Man in the Shadows
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Critic Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man

All Critics (325) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (235) | Rotten (90)

  • The story works hard to integrate various elements from Spidey's history, and the score works even harder to let you know what you should be feeling at any given moment.

    Jul 14, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Dumbed down, tarted up, and almost shockingly uninspired, it's the worst superhero movie since Green Lantern.

    Sep 24, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • It works well, without being quite good enough to banish the thought that it's all about the box office.

    Jul 5, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a grittier webslinger saga, led by a Peter Parker with swagger and angst and a tone defined more by emotional resonance than wide-eyed wonder. It still has plenty of fizz.

    Jul 4, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The casting is just right. As if moving back in time, Andrew Garfield is the Spidey Sean Connery, as opposed to Tobey Maguire's Roger Moore.

    Jul 4, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This might be a fun summer blockbuster if only it even remotely needed to exist.

    Jul 3, 2012

    Dana Stevens

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man

  • Apr 13, 2016
    The Amazing Spider-Man was okay. I personally wasn't very emotionally invested with this film as much as I was with the Raimi trilogy. For me I felt that this film was pretty soulless. I'm gonna go into some positives first then I'll go into negatives. First off I do think the cast is very good. Andrew Garfield I think is really good as Spider-Man but I don't buy him as Peter Parker. I just don't see him as this dork, in real life with that persona he'd be rolling it with the cool kids. But as Spider-Man he's really good, he's on par if not better than Tobey Maguire's portrayal as Spider-Man. Martin Sheen does a really good job as Uncle Ben, Sally Field is good as Aunt May even though I feel she doesn't have much to do, Emma Stone is great as Gwen Stacy even though she is pretty underdeveloped. And Rhys Ifans even though being the most underdeveloped character in this film he is excellently portrayed. Another positive was the visuals and cinematography. This movie has a slick clean look to it. Also the fight scenes are fun as hell, one of my favourite aspects of the film. However this film is messy and I'm gonna go into it now. Here are my negatives; Again I didn't like Andrew Garfield's portrayal as Peter Parker, I thought he was too cool and handsome that I just couldn't buy him as that character. Another negative is the lack of development of Gwen Stacy, she has some romance with Peter and helps him in the end with the antidote, that's it... another negative I have is that once Curt Connors turns into The Lizard he wants to turn all of New York City into Lizards, that is terrible writing for a villain. Most villains want revenge, destroy the world, rob something, those are plans I can get behind with legit motivation, but his plan is terrible. Also Uncle Ben's death set up was so sloppy and poorly handled. In the first Spider-Man movie Uncle Ben's death was set up properly and you understand. Here it just felt so forced, I also hated the fact that the clerk is such an a**hole and gives Peter a hard time over 2 cents. In real life a clerk would let you off the hook for that, but here its so unrealistic and terrible. After Uncle Ben dies, Peter tries to find the killer. Unfortunately he isn't able to find him, but then the subplot is never mentioned again or resolved. Lazy writing right there. Last but not least I didn't like the set up of Peter getting his powers, he just slips into a room without any surveillance and then like an idiot goes into the biocable with the spiders all over the place. I honestly thought Peter getting his powers in the first movie was a lot better, here it doesn't make much logical sense to me. There are also other inconsistencies I can go on and on about, but those are the main ones that bugged me. Overall The Amazing Spider-Man is an okay film. It has a a lot of problems but it is still a pretty enjoyable film, it has a likable main character and some pretty cool set pieces. I don't hate this movie, it was just disappointing, I honestly expected something amazing like the title suggested but I was honestly let down. I didn't hype up or set my expectations too high, I was honestly disappointed. If you are a fan of Spider-Man you might like this movie or possibly dislike it. But if you are critical about film there is a lot to nitpick with this movie.
    Diyar G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    Marc Webb is a very talented director, but he should have kept his hands off Spider-Man. This is a reboot that I think failed on several levels. The movie creates a new story about why Peter's parents actually disappeared and it reallyt fails, because it's just slowly set up in the beginning and then it's just being dragged out during the movie. The villain was completely unbelievable and I his motivation wasn't really there. The chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, however, are incredible and that is probably because they dated in the real-life when they were filming the movie. There are a few believable scenes in the movie, but there are many things in this movie truly SUCKS.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2016
    While it may be closer to the comics in some aspects, it misses the point in others and attempts to fix something that was already fine to begin with - and it ends up breaking it. Andrew Garfield is mixed in the role, playing a good Spider-Man but a weak Peter Parker, and the film lacks the soul of the original trilogy. However, the action scenes are decent and it leaves it open for future, hopefully better installments.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2016
    The Amazing Spider-Man is fun, faithful to its source material and has a great cast. Despite all of that it is definitely not as good as Sam Raimi's Spider-Man.
    Mr N Super Reviewer

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